Uncommon Schools Data and System Analyst, Special Education in New York, New York
The Data & IT Team is a true partner with Uncommon’s schools and other Home Office teams to achieve Uncommon's mission and provide value through technology solutions and services! The team strives to use clear communication, detailed planning, and consistent execution to build trust at every level (Managing Directors to school staff) in order to accomplish crucial technology work. The team manages PowerSchool, Illuminate, and downstream applications, and owns Uncommon-wide processes for Report Cards, Data Audits, End-of-Year PowerSchool Rollover, and all day-to-day PowerSchool work (attendance, grades, etc). This role will collaborate with partners across the Home Office and schools.
As part of Uncommon’s IT and Data Governance Team, the System and Data Analyst, Special Education (Analyst) will own workstreams that will help ensure the Team achieves its goals and objectives! The Analyst partners closely with other Data & IT team members and school-based partners to drive and support strategic systems and data objectives and projects. This role provides exposure to data management and analysis; communications and change management; and large-scale knowledge and project management within a fast-paced, growing organization. Star team members are focused, driven, fast, and hold themselves and their work to a high standard. This role is a two-year, grant-funded position.
Core Duties & Responsibilities
Handle and audit the data related to students receiving Special Education (SPED) services across Uncommon Schools
Lead the documentation and standardization of key processes and policies by building and running knowledge centers
Build, manage, and maintain data dashboards and data analysis tools
Manage, supervise, and analyze important metrics related to SPED services;
Prepare Senior Leaders to communicate findings and trends by developing (and in some cases delivering) presentations, synopses, etc. on an ongoing basis
Support with any change management plans, materials, and rollout to schools
As a member of a project team, evaluate and implement Special Education technology systems.
Train partners in data stewardship and foster a community of data ownership among partners.
Required Skills & Abilities
High attention to detail
Strong time and task management skills and demonstrated ability to be self-directed, prioritize multiple workstreams, supervise progress towards goals, and utilize data and information to move the work forward
Excellent organizational, project management, and research skills; familiarity with task and PM tools a plus
Dedication to providing access to meaningful data
Strategic problem solver with outstanding critical thinking skills
Demonstrated ability to diagnose issues, identify root causes, and implement effective solutions
Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
Ability to contribute to and lead multiple projects and change priorities as needed
Good interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with others, at all levels
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to translate complex requirements
Comfort with ambiguity
Comfort with presenting data in compelling, digestible ways
Demonstrable ability to analyze data and provide insights for recommendations and process improvements
Solid grasp of 2 or more data processing tools (SQL, Excel Macros and VBAl, R, Python)
A desire to work on a hard-working team and take on additional projects, be creative and propose new solutions
A quick and effective learner in a fast-paced, dynamic, ambitious environment that seeks constant improvement;
- Bachelor’s degree required
At least three years of work experience, preferably in a technical or data-focused role)
At least one year of experience with developing, monitoring, maintaining, and analyzing data systems
At least one year of SQL experience
At least one year of project management experience
Familiarity with PowerSchool or other Student Information System
Experience with each phase of the data life cycle, from data collection, entry, audit, analysis, and reporting
Previous experience with R or Python (preferred)
Experience with state reporting of Special Education data in New York, New Jersey, or Massachusetts (preferred)
Solid understanding of the field of Special Education and Special Education services in an education setting (preferred)
Prior experience working in schools and/or urban communities (preferred)
Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
Working on a computer involving video and audio
Uncommon Schools offers salaries commensurate with experience and a very generous benefits and vacation package. All staff members receive extensive professional development, and are equipped with a laptop computer and all necessary supplies.
Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students./ As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability/.